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82nd and Fifth

82nd & Fifth: HYPERREALITY by Kim Benzel

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 11.20.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"That infinite image creates an endless echoing, which is almost dizzying and supernatural," says curator Kim Benzel; though Henry Austen Layard, who ...

82nd & Fifth: PARIS - NEW YORK by Peter Kenny

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 11.19.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This card table's green feet are meant to look like excavated bronze from antiquity. This so-called "vert antique" style was perfected in Empire Franc...

82nd & Fifth: IDOLIZED by Diana Craig Patch

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 11.19.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ancient Egyptian statuettes needed to live in a house, and be fed, clothed, and made happy; in turn, they kept the world working. "This piece spoke to...

82nd & Fifth: METAPHORICAL by Shi-yee Liu

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 11.10.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This small fan painting, now mounted as an album leaf, was made by Liang Kai, who left his prestigious position as a court painter to live in a Buddhi...

82nd & Fifth: MAGICAL by Adela Oppenheim

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 11.10.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This 4,000-year-old pendant, which belonged to an Egyptian princess, has 372 separate inlays. "You have to imagine that nobody saw this except the pri...

82nd & Fifth: BLAZING SADDLE by Donald La Rocca

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This saddle is emblazoned with two dragons, symbolizing the heavens; a Wish-Fulfilling Jewel, representing the clarity and purity of Tibetan Buddhism;...

82nd & Fifth: PRECAUTION by Isabel Stünkel

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"A lot of us are inclined to only see his cute side, but in fact there is a lot more to him than that," says curator Isabel Stünkel about the Met's u...

82nd & Fifth: ARRESTING by Charles Little

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 10.23.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This sculpture depicts three significant events during Christ's arrest in the garden at Gethsemane. "Amongst the violence and the chaos, you have to d...

82nd & Fifth: THE CHOICE by Walter Liedtke

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 10.23.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In this painting Rembrandt depicts Aristotle pondering a central moral problem of human experience--Will I be remembered? "The central problem of West...

82nd & Fifth: COMPASSION by Carrie Rebora Barratt

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 10.20.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In this painting, Trumbull depicts the code of conduct for the battlefield: the commander of British troops compassionately reaches out to the vanquis...

82nd & Fifth: SNAPSHOT by Marsha Hill

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 10.20.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Statues such as this were used in domestic contexts, in little house shrines. This example depicts two men holding hands; one of them draws a boy, pos...

82nd & Fifth: STUBBORN by Sinéad Vilbar

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 10.13.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fudō Myōō, "the immovable one," is thought of as a guardian and protector of Buddhist law. He holds a sword, which symbolizes his ability to cut th...

82nd & Fifth: CURLS by Wolfram Koeppe

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 10.13.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The wig, armor, and facial features of this figure suggest the sitter was Alexander Menshikov, picked by Peter the Great in 1703 to be the general fie...

82nd & Fifth: BELOW THE SURFACE by Ian Alteveer

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 10.02.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Curator Ian Alteveer admits that it took a while to discover the wonderful secrets of Jasper Johns' White Flag; for example, each star had been cut ou...

82nd & Fifth: FANTASY by Femke Speelberg

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 10.02.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

These etchings comprise designs for elaborate costumes--not actually meant to be worn--all made up of Greek architectural elements that morph together...

82nd & Fifth: FRENCH DRESSING by Harold Koda

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 10.01.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Paul Poiret constructed this garment by taking one fifteen-foot-long piece of fabric, twisting it, and connecting it with just one seam, leaving openi...

82nd & Fifth: NOISE by Maryan W. Ainsworth

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 09.24.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Van Eyck's "Crucifixion" and "The Last Judgment" depict scenes filled with wild details--shifting winds, the Virgin collapsing, torture in hell--that ...

82nd & Fifth: PHENOMENON by Bradley Strauchen-Scherer

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 09.24.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Bartolomeo Cristofori designed the piano as a touch-sensitive instrument--giving the player control over the sound's softness or loudness--which was a...

82nd & Fifth: STARTING OVER by Lizzie Cleland

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 09.16.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fewer than six feet high, this modest tapestry--woven in wool and a bit of silk thread--depicts a simple yet charming country scene. "[It] is almost t...

82nd & Fifth: BUNDLE OF EMOTIONS by Yaëlle Biro

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 09.16.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Created in an egalitarian society that disappeared around A.D. 1400, this expressive figure's mouth is open, and its nostrils and ears are marked. "It...

82nd & Fifth: EPHEMERAL by Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 09.10.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This hair ornament features gold dragonflies encrusted with gems sitting on dandelion puffs. "I think [Tiffany] looked at this with special eyes and t...

82nd & Fifth: CINEMATIC by Helen Evans

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 09.10.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

One of a group, this plate may have been used in elaborate dinners where it was a competition as to who could most accurately fill in the dramatic nar...

82nd & Fifth: LINE by Sheila Canby

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 09.10.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This drawing was created by an artist using a reed pen that produced both narrow and wide lines, as well as calligraphic curves. Curator Sheila Canby ...

82nd & Fifth: MOTION PICTURE by Asher Miller

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 09.10.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In this painting, Delacroix depicts a dramatic scene from the novel "Ivanhoe" by Sir Walter Scott, which was popular in France in the 1820s. "It's a s...

82nd & Fifth: MONSTERS by Kiki Karoglou

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Originally painted in bright colors, this marble sphinx has the head of a young woman, the body of a young lioness, avian wings, and a snakelike tail....